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E06407: A letter of Pope Gregory the Great (Register 9.198) of 599, to Januarius, bishop of Cagliari, concerns possible abuses in a female monastery dedicated to *Gavinus (martyr of Sardinia, S02180) and *Luxorius (martyr of Cagliari, S01877), presumably in the diocese of Cagliari (Sardinia). Written in Latin in Rome.

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Pope Gregory the Great, Register of Letters 9.198

Extract from a long letter dealing with possible abuses in this monastery:

Quod cum paene omnibus notum sit, in magna nos Gauiniae abbatissae monasterii sanctorum Gauini atque Luxurii insinuatio admiratione perduxit.

‘Although this is known to almost everyone, the report by Gavinia, abbess of the monastery of Saints Gavinus and Luxorius, has caused us great astonishment.’

Text: Norberg 1982, vol. 2, 755. Translation: Martyn 2004, vol. 2, 665.


Evidence ID


Saint Name

Luxorius (Ruxorius), Cisellus and Camerinus, martyrs of Cagliari (Sardegna) : S01877 Crispolus and Gabinus, martyrs at Porto Torres, Sardinia, 4th cent. : S02180

Saint Name in Source

Luxorius Gavinus

Type of Evidence

Literary - Letters


  • Latin

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Rome and region

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Rome Rome Rome Roma Ῥώμη Rhōmē

Major author/Major anonymous work

Gregory the Great (pope)

Cult activities - Places

Cult building - monastic


A letter transmitted as part of Gregory the Great’s Register of Letters. This letter collection, organised into fourteen books, is large and contains letters to a variety of recipients, including prominent aristocrats, members of the clergy and royalty. The issues touched on in the letters are equally varied, ranging from theological considerations to mundane administrative matters. This collection of letters, which was possibly curated by Gregory, was originally much larger. The surviving Register comprises several groups of letters which were extracted at several later moments in history, the largest of which took place in the papacy of Hadrian I (772-795).


Edition: Norberg, D., S. Gregorii Magni, Registrum epistularum. 2 vols. (Corpus Christianorum Series Latina 140-140A; Turnhout: Brepols, 1982). English translation: Martyn, J.R.C., The Letters of Gregory the Great, 3 vols. (Toronto: Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 2004). Further Reading: Neil, B., and Dal Santo, M. (eds.), A Companion to Gregory the Great (Leiden: Brill, 2013).

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